Considering I only thought of visiting this place couple of months back, I can’t believe how much is going on in this town, and how lucky I was to have seen it. There’s a real hip vibe going on here which is mainly due to it being a University town (and one of the larger cities in Thailand), and therefor a large student population here making the bar, live music, cafe, and restaurant scenes top quality and not much different to what you would find in Bangkok (but without the crowds and the price tag).
After my first day in Khon Kaen, it really reminded me a lot like Chiang Mai (when considering the cafe/bar scene) minus the expats. It’s surprising there’s actually not a heap more expats flooding the scene here because it’s got most of what they all look for ie. It’s cheap (cheaper than Chiang Mai actually), got a heap of great cafe’s and restaurants, awesome WiFi EVERYWHERE, and a good variety of transport options (including an international airport). The cafe’s, restaurants and in particular the quality of coffee here was much the same as what I would find Chiang Mai (Nimmenhaimen road), and the young people running these cafe’s have a passion for what they do…making coffee.
I can only cover the cafes I visited on this trip, and this is just a FRACTION of the cafe’s here in Khon Kaen – in fact I pretty much stuck to the cafe’s surrounding my hotel and even then I only covered 15% of the places I wanted to visit, mainly because I ended up going back to the one’s I knew were good and generally – opened early.
Here’s the list
- Eights a Day
- Sri Brown
- Inch and Ounce
All the cafe’s in this list make a bangin coffee – so if you visit any of these cafe’s you’ll be getting a good coffee, however they all have their little differences whether it be the vibe, food or location – but this isn’t a “rating” post on coffee, they’re all pretty much equal in my opinion.
So in saying that, I will rate 1 (LOL) – The first of my 4 cafe’s – Eights a Day – who do the best coffee out of the lot in my opinion.